A CENTRE for independent living is to be demolished as part of innovative plans to provide more support to adults with disabilities.
Planning councillors have approved plans to redevelop land next to the Centre for Independent Living, in Burbank Street, Hartlepool.
The development will be a partnership between Hartlepool Borough Council and Mariner Care.
The care company will build 24 accommodation units for adults with physical or learning disabilities and a new council-run centre for independent living will replace the existing Havelock centre on the site and a facility at Warren Road.
The new community centre which will include a cafe, car parking and garden area. The work will be carried out in three phases starting with the building of the new centre.
The second phase is for the building of four residential care bungalows while the final phase is the demolition of the existing Havelock Day Centre and the building of another residential care bungalow plus two detached independent supported living bungalows made up of eight units.
A report that was considered by councillors stated: “The day centre will accommodate multiple uses, including specialist departments using the facility, including home care, learning disability, and social work.
“The centre also provides a cafe-bistro for both users of the centre and the wider local community.
“Phase two and three of the development will provide residential premises offering varying levels of care.” Planning permission for the development was granted by the Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee.
The approval is subject to no objections being forthcoming from the Environment Agency and securing £12,000 in developer contributions through a legal agreement.
The existing centre, on the corner of Burbank Street and Mainsforth Terrace, is used by voluntary and community sector organisations to offer advice, information, advocacy and practical help for adults living with a disability.
Hartlepool council officers have said that extra accommodation of this nature is needed in town and the new centre would improve the current facilities on offer and reduce costs.